Lala Vazquez is on the cover of the April issue of Latina Magazine talking about how people STILL got it wrong about how she feels about her race after writing about being a Black Puerto Rican . Details on that and lots of Melo talk, along with more photos on the flipside.
“The essay,” Lala says solemnly. “The responses hurt.” She’s speaking of a first person piece she recently wrote for Latina.com on being Puerto Rican, in which she explained that, since childhood, people have often assumed that she is black. “Which I am!” she says, almost yelling. “But I am also 100 percent Puerto Rican and I’m proud of that. People got it twisted and thought I was saying, I’m Puerto Rican. I’m not black. That isn’t what I was saying. It’s just that when I tell someone I’m Puerto Rican, I don’t want to hear someone say, ‘You ain’t Puerto Rican. You black.’ As if I can only be one or the other. Do I look like Jennifer Lopez? No. Clearly, I’m a black woman. However you want to define that, that’s what I am. And I’m also a Spanish-speaking Puerto Rican woman. Period.”
Even with all the explaining, something tells us folks are still gonna be confused on this somehow…
The soon-to-be-wed Lala and Carmelo Anthony also get into the nitty gritty about their relationship, detailing the proposal and what they say was really going on all those YEARS they’ve been engaged.
“It was Christmas Eve,” La La remembers. “We were in bed. And he said, La La, I love you. I want to be with you forever. Will you marry me?”
“Even with all that I’ve accomplished on my own,” says Lala, “I know the story out there about me: ‘[Carmelo] ain’t gonna marry her. She got that ring but now he’s making her wait. He don’t really love her…’ For once…I’d like to tell the story as it is. Not as it’s told.”
“I wasn’t making her wait,” Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony tells Latina magazine of La La, his fiancée. “If anything, I was waiting for her to slow down. She was doing her own thing, handling her business and we were happy. When it was time to take it to the next step we did. Period.”
So has he ever doubted for a minute that La La Vazquez is Mrs. Right, one with life, minset (and bank account) of her own? Melo speaks slowly, but surely: “ I wouldn’t be with her if it was any other way.” “Understood?”
That’s nice, but they really shouldn’t front like they weren’t having issues before… Let’s keep it 100. We won’t go there and call Carmelo out we’ll just be happy they seem to be on the right track now. That’s the important part. This one is a definite score for black (Latino) marriage!